Dialogue Gripes In Movies And TV

Today’s post is a mix of several things; I recently got into consistently watching movies, I just finished 11.22.63(both the Stephen King book and Hulu miniseries) and I just started The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway.  Maybe it’s Hemingway’s trademark of leaving things out, A Theory of Omission, as suggested by a Hemingway scholar I scoffed at when I was young and edgy, or maybe I expect better from my visual media, because I’ll notice dialogue tropes that infuriate me.  I’m only going to list a couple, but if anyone has other gripes be sure to comment them.

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Pokemon GO: Observations From A Casual

I’ve never been much of a gamer.  In gaming terms, I am what one would call a ‘casual’.  I only play the popular games that come out and even then that totals to one or two games per year.  And for the most part, Pokémon was never a big part of my childhood.  I played the Game Boy games and even had some of the trading cards, but that was more of a Keeping-Up-With-The-Jones’ thing anyway.  So unless you have been living under a rock or the only website you frequent is mine (Thanks Mom!), you probably know about Pokémon GO.  It’s an augmented reality based game, using GPS and your cell phone’s camera, to immerse yourself in the world of Pokémon.  I can already tell that sentence is going to be dated within the next 5 years, when Pokémon GO looks like Pong compared to what new augmented reality game comes out for the IPhone X.  Welp, let’s dive in.

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How Soon We Forget

At this writing I have been out of college for 18 months, and most of my classmates have settled into careers or jobs they hope turn into careers.  That is commendable, considering how bleak the future seemed when we were handed those diplomas.  To this, I congratulate all the people I know that found careers and I hope they never have to equate their job to pulling teeth, unless they’re a dentist.  Alas, in this world we can’t have blind optimism without something realist (read: sad) and this weekly blog is no exception.

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A Cat’s Tale

Hey Jan Fans,

Sorry for not posting the last couple weeks.  Between work that pays me and the work I want to be paid for eventually, I haven’t been as attentive to the blog as I should be.  I hope to be on my regular schedule now.  So, without further ado, here’s a story about a cat.

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Being Pretentious And How Not To Be

I saw a tweet the other day.  I can’t recall the exact verbiage of the post but it went along the lines of “Barnes & Noble has Infinite Jest out on their stands because someone wants to prove they actually read it.”  I guess by writing this I feel like I’m trying to prove something.  I have read it.  I thought it was excellent and probably one of the most unique books I have read.  It’s clunky at first but it either smooths itself out or you become used to it by page 250, give or take.  I want to read it with a group or a least another person, so I’m trying to convince my girlfriend to read it with me this summer.

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Postponed

Hey guys.  No post today.  I am taking a one week sabbatical.  I’m close to finishing a draft and I want to focus more of my time on getting that done so I can get to editing.  I will be back next week but I might only post bi-weekly for the next month or so.  I will keep y’all updated.  If you need your TWJ fix, I have a decently long archive that can keep you entertained for the afternoon.  Thanks, everyone.